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The Benefits Of Coffee For Runners

Monday, October 20, 2014

In the same way that many of us rely on a cup of coffee to keep us alert and focused during a tough day at work or a particularly irksome task, runners around the globe, from those undertaking a few laps of their street to medal-winning Olympic athletes, count on their favourite caffeine injection for that extra boost.


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Indeed, a strategic cup of Joe can be one of the most effective (legal) performance enhancers for those lacing up their trainers, and recent studies show that over two thirds of elite level athletes drink coffee to directly benefit their performance during an important race.


Improve endurance


One of the main reasons why runners drink coffee is that caffeine enables them to run harder for a longer period of time.


This is because caffeine, by increasing enzyme activity, forces the body to draw on its fat supplies for energy.


As a result, glycogen is used more slowly, thus allowing the runner to conserve more energy and last longer.


This performance enhancing effect can last up to several hours, which is particularly helpful to those running gruelling half-marathons and marathons!


Improve performance


In addition to enhancing endurance levels, a pre-run cup of coffee can also make the act of running feel much easier, as it can improve your mood and boost mental alertness and focus.


These endorphins will encourage your body to work harder and faster, as well as boost your desire to perform better, making those rough morning slugs a thing of the past!


Improve post-run recovery


As well as improving performance during your run, a cup of coffee can also help your body to recover and rebuild afterwards.


Recent studies have shown that runners who took a caffeine and carbohydrate drink after their race compared to those who just took carbohydrates were able to replenish their glycogen stores much more efficiently (66% more in this case).


When is the best time to drink coffee?

Studies indicate that the optimum time for a runner to drink a cup of coffee is roughly an hour before the race gun goes.


But remember to make sure that you leave enough time to visit a portable loo before you head over to the start line, otherwise you’ll likely find yourself caught short in the first few miles!


How much should I drink?


In order to see benefits from a pre-race cup of coffee, all that is needed, according to research, is 3-6 milligrams of caffeine per kilogram of bodyweight.


So, doing the maths, if you weigh around 150lbs, a 12oz coffee should contain the perfect amount of caffeine to see some results.


So there we have it, five facts all runners should know about coffee, and more excuses, if you need them, to indulge in coffee while training for your next race.


Do you drink coffee as part of your running regimen? Do you find it helps? We’d love to hear from you - get in touch with your thoughts and comments!


6 Interesting Coffee Blogs To Check Out

Friday, October 17, 2014

Most of us love a good cup of coffee – but some more so than others!


Indeed, dig a little a deeper on the web and, amidst all the pictures of cats, bacon and Kim Kardashian, you’ll stumble across a number of blogs dedicated exclusively – and tirelessly – to  the world’s favourite caffeinated beverage.


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These dedicated few live and breathe (and obviously drink copious amounts of) coffee, filling their little space on the internet with everyday ramblings, videos, musings, pictures, facts and figures, stories, opinions, jokes… all regarding their passion for coffee.


The following six blogs are some of the most interesting which we here at Cafe2U HQ have been reading for a while now.


So sit down, pour yourself a cuppa, have a read, follow everyone on Twitter, share the love, and let us know if we’ve missed any other blogs off the list!


Next Day Coffee


Website: http://www.nextdaycoffee.co.uk

Twitter: https://twitter.com/nextdaycoffee


Next Day coffee is thriving online coffee community with tonnes of great info, articles, how-to guides, recipes, great coffee photography, and fun blog posts.

The website also does lots of great coffee giveaways on their blog and social media profiles – so be sure to keep both eyes peeled for a chance to win some really cool coffee based goodies!


Dear Coffee I Love You


Website: http://www.dearcoffeeiloveyou.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DCILY


While ostensibly concerning itself with coffee (articles, reviews, opinion pieces, resources, etc), ‘Dear Coffee I Love You’ is essentially a much broader exploration of life in the twenty first century, as it tackles issues concerning culture, modernity and creativity.


The website, which is the front for a thriving community of coffee lovers, also sells a range of excellent products, including some wonderful coffee inspired prints.


The Coffeetographer


Website: http://smdlr.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/77free


‘The Coffeetographer’, also known as SMDLR.com, is a website dedicated wholly to coffee shop culture.


Chermelle D. Edwards is fanatical about cafés – and this enthusiasm really sets the website apart, as it brims over with charming information, pictures, anecdotes, poetry, music, all about coffee shops and the diverse people that hang out in them.


Life’s A Grind


Website: http://www.lifesagrindcomic.com  

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lifes_a_grind


‘Life’s A Grind’, by artist Ashley Timmer, is a quirky online comic dedicated to… you’ve guessed it, coffee!


Ashley, who recently graduated from Columbia College Chicago, works as a barista and draws on her experiences working in a coffee shop to create her wonderful comic which takes place in the ‘The Second Crack’ coffee shop, a world populated by many colourful characters, and one which is easily relatable for us coffee lovers.


A Cuppa Day


Website: http://acuppaday.tumblr.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mycuppaday  


‘A Cuppa Day’, by espresso obsessed photographer Mike White, is a very unusual coffee diary, but one which is nonetheless strangely mesmerising.


This very original blog comprises shot after shot of recently emptied cups and mugs, all taken from above on his iPhone, with a few sparse details about the now-gone coffee.


Scrolling down page after page is a very soothing experience – and before you know it an hour will have passed!


A1 Coffee


Website: http://a1coffee.co.uk/blog

Twitter: https://twitter.com/a1_coffee

A1 coffee often shares wonderful recipes, including recipes with syrups and flavourings involved. They also write about new products, guides for different products, and their work outside of the coffee world! The savvy reader will notice A1 Coffee also run competitions and giveaways regularly, and notes all the latest news and trends. 


So there we have it, six great coffee blogs to read and bookmark – we hope you enjoy them as much as we do!


Six Steps To Making The Perfect Cup Of Coffee

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Brewing the perfect cup of coffee is a skill which demands attention to detail, experience and great care.


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And judging from the amount of unemptied mugs that linger in offices up and down the country, it is a skill that many still have failed to master.


So, without further ado, here are six essential tips to put you on the path to coffee heaven and make those bitter, barely swilled cups a thing of the past.


If you really want to fix the problem though, then why not order a Cafe2U van to your office or event and let us take care of your coffee needs!


Choose The Right Coffee


This first step might sound rather obvious – but it is something that many coffee drinkers fall foul of.


Don’t make the mistake of choosing a coffee because it’s cheap, looks interesting, has a high caffeine content, or someone else has told you it’s the best one on the market – choose a coffee because YOU like the taste!


Narrow down your dream coffee by doing a tasting in your local coffee shop or signing up to a subscription service.


There are also several excellent guides online which can help you on your coffee quest.


Keep your Coffee Beans Fresh


To get the best out of your coffee beans, it is imperative that you keep them stored in an airtight container, and once opened if not in an airtight container they are best used within 3-4 hours.


Experts recommend ceramic storage crocks with rubber gasket seals or glass canning jars, but Cafe2U only open what they know they will use that session.


Keep the beans stored at room temperature and never freeze or refrigerate.


Clean Water


When making a cup of coffee it is very important that you use clean filtered water.


Unfiltered water contains chemicals which can alter the flavour of the coffee, so make sure you use a filter to ensure the perfect coffee drinking experience.


Hot Water


Research has shown that the perfect water temperature for brewing coffee is between 90 – 96 degrees Celsius.


Therefore, when brewing by hand, it is essential to wait 10 – 15 seconds after the boil and/or use a thermometer.  

Better still use a quality espresso machine, the UNIC espresso machine.


Remember that reheating - or prolonged holding on a warming platform – will cause even the finest coffee to become bitter and taste horrible.


Water to Coffee Ratio  


Although this ratio can often differ depending on your preferred style of brewing coffee, for this answer we will assume you are making coffee without the aid of an espresso machine, and many experts recommend that the best place to start is with roughly six ounces (177.4ml) of water to every two tablespoons of coffee.


Use this as the starting point to make personal adjustments – but remember, too thin and it will lack body; too thick and it will lack depth.


Keep your Equipment Clean


Probably the most overlooked aspect of all coffee making…


Ensure that you are cleaning your coffee making equipment (containers, cups, grinders, etc) every few weeks to prevent any oily buildup that may occur.


In addition, it is a good idea to clean your coffee maker every month with a solution of a specialist cleaning agent to get rid of any mineral deposits.


So, there we have it, six simple steps which you can easily apply to your coffee making routine to improve your daily morning brew.


If you have any other top tips for brewing the perfect cup of coffee, remember to get in touch with us and let us know!


If you really want to fix the problem though, then why not order Cafe2U to your office or event and let us take care of your coffee needs!